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The secret ingredient of organizational long-term success? Adapt to public expectations, says new BYU research

October 11, 2021
When an organization’s mission or actions are out of line with what people who have a stake in that organization expect, the legitimacy of the organization is called into question. This lack of legitimacy causes an organization’s stakeholders to perceive it as self-centered and untrustworthy.
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Traits of a troll: BYU research examines motives of internet trolling

June 22, 2021
New BYU research recently published in the journal of Social Media + Society sheds light on the motives and personality characteristics of internet trolls.
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BYU engineering, theatre arts students team up to create animatronic cougar

May 19, 2021
Thanks to the combined efforts of two BYU engineering capstone teams and a group of theatre and media arts students, the beloved mascot Cosmo is getting an animatronic counterpart in the theatre department.
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BYU Performing Arts to offer week-long, free virtual performances

April 26, 2021
The daily live streams will feature the talented BYU Ballroom Dance Company, Living Legends, Vocal Point, Young Ambassadors, and the International Folk Dance Ensemble.
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Awards Season 2021: Regardless of discipline, BYU students are taking home the hardware

April 13, 2021
From anthropology to graphic design, BYU students are winning their fair share of year-end awards for excellence in their field of study.


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BYU Chamber Orchestra, Lea Salonga beat out stiff competition for BroadwayWorld award

September 09, 2020
A collaborative album between the BYU Chamber Orchestra and Broadway superstar Lea Salonga, “The Story of My Life: Lea Salonga Live from Manila,” recently received the 2020 BroadwayWorld Album Award for Best New EP/Solo Release.
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BYU professors’ design projects featured in top graphic design journal

July 05, 2020
Two animated projects from BYU professor Brent Barson were recently accepted into the Communication Arts 2020 Design Annual, a prestigious graphic design journal. Out of the 2,900 total entries, just 126 were accepted.
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BYU’s AdLab claims top spot in two national competitions this month

June 30, 2020
In addition to being one of the top programs in the country, BYU’s advertising department fosters an environment to talk about important issues.
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Four BYU women honored with national Gracie Awards

May 22, 2020
BYU students took home HALF of the awards in the Television Student category.
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Swashbuckling student-made video game takes home 2 first-place awards

May 14, 2020
Each year for the past five years, students at BYU’s Center for Animation have been tasked with creating an entire video game from concept to finished product. This spring, the latest team made history by creating the first game to win first place in two different categories at the Intel University Games Showcase.
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BYU senior claims top spot at opera competition in NYC

March 03, 2020
BYU student Jonah Hoskins sang his way into $20,000 and a winner of the 2020 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions this weekend, one of the most prestigious opera competitions for young adults.
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BYU professor’s full-length film accepted to Sundance Film Festival

January 21, 2020
Robert Machoian Graham has seen four of his past films make it to Sundance. The latest marks the first time one of his full-length films has been accepted.
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Which type of online sports fan are you: tailgater, trivia seeker or bandwagon fan?

By Sara Jane Aubrey
December 16, 2019
Recent research from BYU communications professors found the reason many fans get online to read and post about their favorite sports team tells a lot about the type of fan they are.
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New Smithsonian exhibit features BYU professor and student duo’s portrait

By Sara Jane Aubrey
October 29, 2019
This fall a new exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum features 46 portraits taken from photographers all across the country. But only one of the 46 pieces of art displays not one, but two artist names: Paul Adams, a BYU professor, and Jordan Layton, a former photography student.
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BYU Center for Animation claims sixth Student Academy Award

By Sara Jane Aubrey
October 17, 2019
BYU’s highly esteemed Center for Animation became even more reputable when the short film “Grendel,” directed and produced by BYU animation students, recently won the Center its sixth Student Academy Award.
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BYU professor's basketball coin design wins national competition

September 09, 2019
What do legendary BYU basketball coach Stanley Watts, BYU All-American center Kresimir Cosic and current BYU illustration professor Justin Kunz have in common? All three have been part of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremonies.
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Karl G. Maeser and James E. Talmage mentorship inspired special BYU coin

June 13, 2019
Justin Kunz, an illustration professor at BYU and medallic artist for the U.S. Mint, has previously designed more than 10 coins for the U.S. Mint as a member of the Artistic Fusion Program. Perhaps his most well-known was the 2017 portrayal of Lady Liberty that commemorated the 225th anniversary of the Mint’s coin production and was later named Best Gold Coin in the Coin of the Year Awards at the World Money Fair in Berlin. Recently, Kunz designed a new commemorative coin for BYU to celebrate the motto Inspiring Learning.
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What if you could spot skin cancer before it got too serious?

June 04, 2019
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States. If you could visibly see signs of skin cancer on your body, would you be more likely to visit the doctor? A group of professors from BYU and the University of Utah asked that exact question as they looked for the most effective ways to influence people to screen themselves for cancer.
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